After the NFL Combine, we kicked right into free agency mode for the Cleveland Browns. Even though the Browns ultimately sat back and didn't make any moves (comparatively speaking) in free agency, the draft-related talk went on the back burner for a couple of weeks. Now, we need to play a bit of catch-up, starting with the third mock drafts of the year by both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. These mock drafts would be their first from after the Combine.
In Kiper's first two mock drafts, he had the Browns taking QB Jared Goff (1.0) and then QB Carson Wentz (2.0). In his third mock draft last Tuesday, he had the Browns sticking with Wentz.
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State - I wouldn't rule out Cleveland taking a non-quarterback here and then getting one with the No. 32 pick, but Wentz would make sense here as a super physical talent at the position who Hue Jackson can develop.
Free-agency effect: Is there a QB in free agency clearly better than a healthy Josh McCown who they want to pay big dollars for? Right now I doubt the Browns make a splash there.
In his previous mock draft, McShay had the Browns going with Goff. After the Combine, though, he now has the Browns taking Wentz as well:
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State - The Browns have a lot of needs, but none of them matter much until they find a long-term answer at QB. Wentz and Cal's Jared Goff continued to separate themselves from the rest of the QB class at the NFL combine. The decision here will come down to personal preference. Wentz has better athleticism and bigger hands to grip the ball in bad weather. Goff has more experience against high-level competition and a stronger arm. I give Wentz the edge for now, but it's close.
Considering there is a standoff in the talks to acquire QB Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers, it's time to start focusing our attention on Wentz again.